Psychology Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
Research facilities include: special rooms for research in problems of perception and cognition; a social-psychology laboratory equipped for experimental and observational studies; electrophysiological, histological, and chemical laboratories; surgery facilities; facilities for the maintenance and behavioral study of vertebrate and invertebrate laboratory animals; darkrooms and shops; an audiovisual studio equipped for the study of teaching; laboratory computers and interacting terminals with the capacity to control equipment in experiments and to do online processing and complex data analyses; and other specialized facilities, both on campus and at various off-campus locations.
Students develop an independent program of study in consultation with their Special Committee. The three primary members of the Special Committee must be chosen by the end of the first year; students are encouraged to select at least one member (not the chairperson) from a field other than psychology. The Director of Graduate Studies appoints a fourth member, whose function is to ensure that the student obtains adequate breadth of training.
The Special Committee oversees requirements that are established by the field. Current requirements include a first-year review and annual meetings of the Special Committee to review the student's progress; a research paper completed by the end of the first year and an oral report of the research presented to a meeting of students and faculty members; a one-year course in statistics and experimental design; at least ten hours a week of supervised teaching experience for at least two semesters; the Admission to Candidacy examination, which should be taken by the end of the third year (a Graduate School requirement); a written dissertation proposal, which must be accepted at a meeting of the Special Committee called for that purpose; and the doctoral dissertation itself with a final examination on the dissertation (Graduate School requirements).
Contact InformationWebsite: https://psychology.cornell.edu/
Phone: 607 255-3834
211 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- behavioral and evolutionary neuroscience
- perception, cognition and development
- social and personality psychology
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec 1
Only applicants seeking the Ph.D. degree are accepted. Applicants must submit to transcripts of the undergraduate record, three letters of recommendation, and an academic statement of purpose. Applicants are not required to submit scores on the GRE subject test in psychology or to have had an undergraduate major in psychology. Prior research experience is highly desirable; applicants may submit research reports or work. The closing date for applications is December 1st. Persons whose primary interests lie in clinical, counseling, industrial, or school psychology should not apply.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- academic statement of purpose
- three recommendations
- GRE general test*
*Due to COVID-19, GRE general test scores will not be required for the Fall 2021 application cycle.
A candidate for a Ph.D. in Psychology is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge across the field of Psychology, and to contribute significant, original research to our understanding of behavior within his/her sub-discipline. In so doing, the candidate shall demonstrate the ability to:
critically evaluate the state of his/her field by analyzing available scientific literature
synthesize current knowledge and identify novel research questions in his/her chosen field
master appropriate research techniques and collect original data
analyze results using appropriate technological and statistical methods
place and interpret results into a scholarly context and identify their importance
master communication skills including the publication of scientific papers, the presentation of scientific talks and the delivery of pedagogically sound lectures
stay abreast of the current state of his/her chosen field
support and disseminate knowledge through collaboration, teaching and mentoring
uphold standards for scientific rigor and ethical behavior, including standards for ethical use of human or animal subjects in research.